Begorrah (by God) it was cold. It was not for the fair-weathered few but the hardiest of Buffaloians. As one parader yelled from a top her float, “At least it’s not snowing!” The Parade was blast. The 2017 “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Mark J. F. Schroeder kicked off the parade as well as his mayoral campaign through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods.
As Scott Ogden of South Buffalo told the Buffalo News, “The Irish don’t quit!”
It was a great day and so we offer you this recap of our chilly parade. The Buffalo News put together a gallery of pics by staff photographer, Sharon Cantillon, which you can see here as well as ones submitted by Samantha Christmann, here. And make sure to look at the images on the Valley Community Association’s Facebook page.
The “Old Neighborhood” parade has long been considered the more authentic of the two big Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day parades and no one year proved that more to be the case than this year.
Here is a short list of what parade goers and floaters told the Buffalo News on how they kept toasty in the frost. See the full list of quotes in this Buffalo News article:
- Keith Ogden, Scott’s brother, has watched the parade from the same spot at the corner of Elk Street and Euclid Place for 15 years. He wasn’t going to let the frigid weather keep him away. “I knew it was gonna be cold, but I knew I wasn’t gonna miss it, so I’m trying to keep as warm as humanly possible,” he said. To do that, Ogden lugged a more than 7-foot-tall propane heater to the corner to keep his crew warm.
- What do Irishmen wear under their kilts? In the case of South Buffalo’s Jim Robinson, long underwear. But isn’t that cheating? “I’m old, not stupid,” he said.
- Debbie Jax of Buffalo said she didn’t even think about skipping the parade. She and her friends woke up, put on “two layers of everything,” and hit the road. “We’re Buffalo tough,” she said.
And finally, one more slideshow for your viewing pleasure. These were taken from the VCA’s staff website manager, Lesa Quale Ferguson: